Turtle Beach Stealth 500X
Stealth 500X Headset,
Removable Mic Boom,
Stealth 500X Wireless Transmitter,
Digital Optical Cable,
USB Charging Cable,
Quick Start Guide,
Turtle Beach Sticker
It’s never a dull day here at Daily Reviews – and the sun shines even brighter when we get the heads up on another Turtle Beach product arrival – not least because it’s Turtle Beach, but mainly because it means it’s gaming time!!!! There’s no better testing method than pulling out the Xbox One and taking to the battlefield for some hardcore killing action. Up for review today is another headset with the Turtle Beach name branding – introducing the Stealth 500X – Stealth by name – Stealth by nature…..
Product features at a glance:
– 100% Wireless Chat – Stealth 500X offers 100% wireless chat for Xbox One
– DTS 7.1 Surround Sound – DTS Headphone:X delivers an amazing, 3D 360 degree sound stage
– DTS Surround Sound Modes – Further immerse yourself in games, movies & music
– Long-life Rechargeable Battery – Built-in rechargeable battery that delivers up to 15 hours of wireless gaming.
– EQ Presets – DTS Surround Sound Modes each with genre-based presets to further customise your audio.
– Separate Volume Controls – Set your mix of game and chat volume levels right on the headset.
– Comfortable & Quiet – Breathable, around-the-ear mesh ear cushions for hours of comfort and noise-isolation.
– High-Quality Chat – Be heard clearly through a high-sensitivity, omni-directional mic.
– Stop SHOUTING! – Mic Monitoring lets you hear your own voice in the headset to avoid shouting.
– Dynamic Chat Boost – Even during loud gameplay spikes, chat volume automatically rises to ensure you never miss a command.
– Never Miss a Text or Call – Hook up your mobile phone to hear text notifications or take calls while gaming.
– Mobile Device Versatility – Connect the included Mobile Cable for wired gaming on any mobile device.
– Hear Everything – Enjoy wireless Xbox One audio for streaming video, music and even Skype with friends.
– Step Up to Stealth – Ear Force Stealth headsets connect cutting edge wireless tech with advanced audio features so you win more, jump up the leaderboards and flat out hear your favourite games like never before.
The Stealth 500X follows the staple Turtle Beach design, in particular the Stealth range of headsets. Incorporating and all black toughened plastic housing, finished with the signature Xbox green bursts of colour dotted around. Looking very similar in appearance to the previous 420X model, the 500X has undergone some minor design changes in the form of a more rugged headband and microphone add on. Fusing together the old and new, the 500X has that old aviator design flair wrapped up with a bit of DJ panache in the form of the over-sized microphone boom. When not in use the microphone boom can be easily detached from the headset.
Construction wise, the 500X is extremely lightweight, synonymous with the Turtle Beach brand. Each ear-cup is wrapped is a black fabric covering with foam cushion innards to enhance comfort over longer wearing periods of time. The earphone type follows through in typical Turtle Beach style and as such the 500X is of the over-ear, circumaural type headset – encapsulating each ear lobe to make full use of the flowing audio with little to none noise leakage. Each ear-cup is full rotatable, so when not in use they can be worn comfortably around the neck and will sit flat against the collar bone.
Circulating each ear-cup are the famous green racing stripes, turtle beach logo and a selection of wireless controls. Both the right and left ear-cups have plenty of action in terms of controls and ports. The left ear-cup features your mic monitor level button, Mic mute button, Power LED, chat/game volume dials, and your wired audio connection – also present is the ‘U’ shaped mic boom arm connector. The right ear-cup features your charging LED, Charging port, and your preset/surround sound modes. The 500X features 5 four preset surround sound modes for you to choose from – making your audio totally customisable. Available modes are: Game mode, Movie mode, Music mode, stereo mode (surround off).
For each of the DTS® Headphone: X Surround Sound modes, Turtle Beach has designed four sonic presets that optimize the sound for specific types of games, music and movies. The Preset +/- Buttons on the Headset cycle through these presets. (You can also use the Preset Button on the Wireless Transmitter to cycle through the presets.) As you use the buttons, your selection will be confirmed by one or more audible tones in the Headset and one or more flashes of the Preset LED on the Headset.
Signature Sound – Turtle Beach’s signature sound, place yourself in the middle of the action and hear your games just as the developers intended.
Shooter – Enter the warzone fully armed, feel your gun’s recoil hit your chest, experience the full force of explosions as you lead your squad to victory.
Racing – Feel the engine underneath you and hear your opponents cars at your back as you battle for the race win.
Sports – Put yourself in the middle of a packed stadium with fans cheering you on from every angle.
Signature Sound – Turtle Beach’s Signature Sound, get the best seat in the house and experience your movies like never before.
Action – Be the hero, face the explosions, duck the gunfire and hear the evac chopper circling overhead as you save the world again.
Horror – Build the suspense, hear every creaking footstep and bone-rattling scream… just try to get out alive.
Drama – Intensify the story and bring characters to life with pinpoint vocals and enhanced dialog
Signature Sound – Turtle Beach’s Signature Sound, bring your music onto a personal stage and scan your ticket to your own private concert experience.
Stadium – Experience live concert music as it was meant to be heard, feel the crowd around you as the band on stage turns it up to 11.
Acoustic – Step into an acoustic open mic night and experience a personal concert for one, just you and your favorite artist.
Dance – Put your hands in the air and place yourself in the middle of a nightclub as the DJ drops your favourite dance track.
Natural Sound – Turtle Beach tuned Natural Sound, hear your media just as the creators intended.
Bass Booster – Turn up the Bass, feel the deep sound effects in your games and the punch of bass heavy music tracks.
Bass & Treble Booster – Turn everything up, increased lows and highs give you more of everything for a more powerful audio experience.
Vocal Booster – Tune in to the vocals on music tracks and dialog in games and movies, make your characters and stories come alive.
Like the previous 420X model, the 500X is also of the wireless variety, however you are provided with versatility in the form of wired connections should the need arise. For all those gamer’s out there worrying about power loss during that vital gaming session, the 500X delivers an impressive 15hrs of game play usage. Instead of utilizing an external USB stick like the 420X, the 500X makes use of a box transmitter. While not the most aesthetically pleasing box in the world, the transmitter is small enough to be tucked away – however it’s advised to keep it within reach as the transmitter does feature a number of useful controls and ports. The front of the transmitter is reserved for your LED’s: Digital Input LED, Preset LED, Surround Mode LED, and your Pairing LED. The side of the transmitter is where you’ll find a trio of buttons: pairing button, preset button and surround mode selector button.
Specifications wise the Stealth 500X stacks up nicely for a gaming headset. Featuring 50 mm speakers with Neodymium Magnets and a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, the 500X has a wireless range of up to 30ft and is charged via USB. The microphone is a removable and is of the omni-directional polar pattern. Omnidirectional microphones are equally sensitive to sound arriving from all angles. Therefore, the microphone does not need to be aimed in any particular direction. The disadvantage is that an omni mic cannot be aimed away from undesired sources which may cause feedback – likewise background noise is picked up and transferred down the mic path.
Turtle Beach know what makes a good headset, and with each new release they bring more of the audio lover’s must have’s and pack it in to one package. The 500X in no exception. Flipping the generic gaming headset on it’s head and offering more versatile options, the 500X isn’t your standard gaming only headset. The customisable modes work flawlessly and offer a more detailed audio output that is tailored to the specific audio running through it. Unlike other headsets that offer a one-size-fits-all audio performance, the 500X allows the user to customize their audio at the tough of a button. The overall audio output is one that feels like it was made for the dramatic and all-out-action that goes hand-in-hand with your FPS gaming and action movie environments. The low tones are rich and full-bodied, providing plenty of bass where needed. Likewise the mid and high tones are precise and the background audio that would otherwise be lost, is enhanced and detailed. In music situations, and unlike other multi-use headsets, the Stealth 500X offers an audio output that is fresh and well-turned out, and sounds exactly as it should.
Each time we get the pleasure of reviewing a Turtle Beach headset, our gamer’s juices really start flowing. From the solid audio output through to the extremely comfortable fit during longer gaming sessions, the Stealth 500X ticks all the boxes at a very attractive price-point. The customisable mode selection options really step the 500X up to the next level of perfection, offering the wearer a versatile audio tool. Not just designed for gaming, the Stealth 500X is your dual purpose, all-in-one, go-to audio friend.